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Reimagining Global Citizenship


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Social imagination is the key ingredient in creating social change. In reimagining our global village towards peace, we need to revisit some of the stereotypes and prejudices we may have on societies …

Social imagination is the key ingredient in creating social change. In reimagining our global village towards peace, we need to revisit some of the stereotypes and prejudices we may have on societies that we consider "the other."

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  • 1. “ My country is the world, to do good is my religion.” --Thomas Paine
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    • Form a circle.
    • One is the reader standing in the center of the circle.
    • The reader reads a sentence.
    • The listeners listen carefully. If the sentence is true for him/her as well, then he or she has to move to a new spot in the circle, not the closest one where he or she initially stands. The reader must act quickly to find his or her own spot in the circle.
    • The new reader reads and the whole cycle continues.
  • 3.
    • Ethnicity, gender, religion, occupation, hobbies, etc.
    • Multiple identities.
    • In what ways are your identities similar to or different from those of your parents? Why?
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  • 9. Prejudice and racism are dangerous because they dehumanize both the perpetrators and the victims (Klein, 1990)
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    • Eliminate the “us vs them” mentality.
    • “ No one today is purely one thing…” (Edward Said, 1993).
  • 12.
    • What we imagine is influenced by our identities, values, and experiences.
    • Imagining for a better world should start by challenging our prejudices and develop the capacity for empathy .
    • It is a lifelong process as we should make constant improvement on understanding others.
  • 13.
    • “… there’s pretty good evidence that we generally don’t truly want good information — but rather information that confirms our prejudices. We may believe intellectually in the clash of opinions, but in practice we like to embed ourselves in the reassuring womb of an echo chamber.” (Nicholas Kristof, New York Times, 3/18/2009)
  • 14.
    • Empathy should be one of the basic elements of all social interaction.
    • The development of empathy should be done within and between cultures.
    • Being able to see all people as human beings.
    • Should be followed by the capacity for altruism and caring.
    • Technology helps.
  • 15.
    • An active role.
    • Concerns for social and economic justice.
    • Concerns for the health of our physical world.
    • Concerns for the balance of diversity and unity.
    • Concerns for the well-being of the earths inhabitants.
  • 16.
    • is aware of the wider world and has a sense of their own role as a world citizen;
    • respects and values diversity;
    • has an understanding of how the world works;
    • is outraged by social injustice;
    • participates in the community at a range of levels, from the local to the global;
    • is willing to act to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place;
    • takes responsibility for their own actions.
    • (Source: Oxfam website, 2006)
  • 17.
    • Challenging our prejudices and having the capacity for empathy are two keys for quality social imagination.
    • Social change for a better world starts from each individual making the effort to be a better person within his/her own context.
    • Having better understanding will lead to better imagination and engagement in solving global issues.
  • 18.
    • Unity in Diversity
    • I have a dream
    • One day all of us in this world would come out of our boxes
    • We would then see ourselves as part of each other
    • All of us would see that our world is interrelated
    • In fact, it is our Global Village!
    • It makes us brothers and sisters as human beings in the truest sense
    • No wars, no hatred, no stereotyping
    • Just peace and respect
    • Realizing that we have a lot more in common than we are different
    • Making a harmony
    • Not like a melting pot, but like a salad bowl
    • It is a mosaic, a very beautiful one
    • We would be united
    • United in our diversity
    • United in our global village.
    • (Iwan Syahril, Honolulu, 2005)
  • 19. Let’s imagine!
    • What is your dream?
    • What is your imagination for our global village?